Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Amazon's big announcement

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season Amazon announced today the availability of their new ebook reader Kindle.

It has a host of features which you can read about by following the Kindle link above. One of the most interesting to me is that it uses cell phone technology to wirelessy connect to Amazon where you download books (most cost $9.99) or subscribe to newspaper and magazine content. They say Kindle uses the latest electronic paper technology for better resolution than typical computer screens but of course that is hard to verify.

There doesn't appear to be any ongoing fees but the initial cost is $399.00 which will probably keep it out of my Christmas stocking. Still this is definitely worth watching.

2 Comments:

  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger arcee said…

    what do you think is the likelihood that Rolfing could purchase one of these? what kinds of implications would be involved if we did? how would we allow patrons to use it or check it out?

     
  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I know that libraries did purchase and loan out the previous generation of ebook readers. Not sure if the current DRM (digital rights management) would prevent that but I don't think they would stop you from loaning the device with the book loaded on it.

    I've been brainstorming about the possibility of all incoming students receiving something like this with their 1st semester's books already loaded. It would be kind of neat to leave school with all your books (and annotations) loaded onto a single device (esp. w/ Amazon's promise of an online backup).

     

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